BST 1410 Human Resource Management

BST 1410 Human Resource Management

Course code: 
BST 1410
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Øyvind Lund Martinsen
Christina G. Leonore Nerstad
Course name in Norwegian: 
Human Resource Management
Product category: 
Bachelor Specialisations HSMI
2021 Autumn
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Level of study: 
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Course type: 
One semester

The course will, in collaboration with BTH 1411 Bachelor Thesis - Human Resource Management, 15 credits constitute a specialisation of 30 credits that will be testified as specialisation on the academic transcript. This applies to students undertaking a bachelor degree in Marketing, Retail Management or Business Administration. Other students can choose the course as an elective in their third year of study.

Human resource Management (HRM) is a core subject in the study area of organisation and organisation culture. The subject describes many aspects associated with sustainable use of human resources. It will teach the student how organisations can gain advantages by exploiting skills, abilities and knowledge from their employees. The course also focuses on how organisations have the opportunity to facilitate learning, knowledge sharing, motivation, optimising work condition and job satisfaction. Applying HRM theory in an organisation will create optimal conditions for profitability, productivity and prosperity in all types of businesses. Evidence-based HRM are one of the strongest success-factors in competing business markets, and thus provides expertise for future oriented managers, HR managers and HR employees.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  • Students will gain insight of the most important theories in the area of Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Students acquire necessary knowledge from the psychological area of study that is required when applying HR in competitive markets
  • Students acquire founding knowledge of Norwegian employment law that is required when applying HR in competitive markets.
Learning outcomes - Skills
  • Students will develop skills in planning and facilitating HR initiatives
  • Students will develop skills in typical HR activities such as recruitment, training, learning, knowledge development and safety at the work place.
General Competence
  • Students will develop skills in planning and facilitating HR initiatives
  • Students will develop skills in typical HR activities such as recruitment, training, learning, knowledge development and safety at the work place.
  • Reflection
  • The HRM specialisation intends to increase students interest in working in the HR field.
  • A HRM Specialisation provides students with necessary understanding of human capital and its impact on value creation in modern organisations.
  • Students will, through the HRM specialisation achieve the necessary basis for critical reflection on HR practices.
Course content

Strategic HRM (21 hrs):

  • HRM as a discipline – an introduction
  • Relationship between strategy and HR strategy
  • Key HR strategies and systems

Strategic Competence Management (21hrs):

  • HR planning and skills analysis
  • Mobilisation of expertise in motivation and job satisfaction
  • Learning and skills development
  • Recruitment and selection. Downsizing.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of training measures

Interaction and work in the workplace (21 hrs):

  • Management and effective leadership
  • Groups, teams and teambuilding
  • Psychosocial work-environment
  • Workplace health and safety

Alteration and labour law (21 hrs):

  • Organisation culture and change
  • Organisational learning and change
  • Work contracts, work rights and conditions
  • Dismissal
Teaching and learning activities

The course completed with 84 hours of lectures in modules.  

Students will be given case studies throughout the course as part of the teaching program. Cases are mandatory for all students and are handed in at each session. The cases will form basis for class discussions. Cases will typically be taken from the textbook and are reviewed and discussed in class, however they are not individually assessed.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

Det er en del endringer i pensum fra høsten 2019 og 2020 til 2021. Det er fullt mulig å kontinuere / avlegge ny eksamen i pensum fra 2019 og 2020. Bruk av referanser til pensum bør tas med i oppgaven.


Two years of college education in economics and business administration, marketing or equivalent is required for taking the course. 


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.


Information about what is taught on campus and other digital forms will be presented with the lecture plan before the start of the course each semester.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Basic course in statistics offered in the first year of study on a bachelor such as MET 3431 or MET 2920. In addition, students must have completed ORG 3402 Organisasjonsatferd og ledelse (offered in year 1 of study) or the equivalent.

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
72 Hour(s)
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Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Student workload
84 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
131 Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments
81 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
80 Hour(s)
24 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 15 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 400 hours.